As a Wine Lover This is Fake News But as a Scientist it Pisses Me Off

As a Wine Lover This is Fake News But as a Scientist it Pisses Me Off

This past week, I read an article about capsules on wine. Granted, the title caught my eye, and I clicked on the bait. After reading the article I was infuriated on different levels.  Study reveals capsules and foils prevent bacterial contamination Ever since I was young, I loved science. My very first science class taught…

Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic – What Are They All About?

Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic – What Are They All About?

There are a lot of trendy words being tossed around in the wine world today dealing with how wineries are being more respectful to the earth in which they grow their vines. These concepts are often interchanged, when they shouldn’t be. Sustainable, Organic and Biodynamic are all based on the premise of being better inhabitants…

Microorganisms Small In Size But Big Players in the Wine Game

Microorganisms Small In Size But Big Players in the Wine Game

Fermentation is what makes the difference between drinking grape juice and wine. It’s really a rather simple concept and it has been occurring in nature for as long as there has been grapes on a vine. Humans did not develop fermentation, they simply stumbled upon it and realized its wonderful end result. Wine is fermented…

SO2… WTF?

SO2… WTF?

People get riled up over headlines, but very few actually read the actual article. The authors are fully aware of this and try their best to write a caption that catches the population’s eye. It happens all the time. I guess its human nature. Today, we are delving into SO2, the divalent anionic compound that has…

The Science Behind Not Drinking Glass

I love sparkling wine. I enjoy the bubbles. The festivity that it embodies and the joy that ensues. There is something special about sparkling wine. The yeasty flavor and tingling sensation on my tongue makes me a Sparkling fanatic.   This article isn’t about the difference between Champagne and Sparkling. It’s not about how Prosecco differs…

Battle of the Sexes and Marvelous Odoriferous Molecules

I’m sure you have heard of the five “S’s” of wine; See – Swirl – Sniff – Sip – Savor.  Although most people associate ‘sip’ as the most influential aspect of wine tasting, it is actually the ‘sniff’ that is the main sense we use to appreciate wine.   We swirl the wine to release the aromas…